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Ollie demands Millwall stick together after Tykes loss
IAN Holloway has issued a rallying call ahead of Millwall’s final 14 games of the season in a bid to avoid relegation.
An early winner from Barnsley’s Jim O’Brien on Saturday left the Lions hovering just one point above the relegation zone.
But despite the Championship table looking increasingly perilous from a Millwall point of view, Ollie is demanding everyone sticks together.
The Den chief said: “We’ve got to get together as a group and keep going.
“When you look at results, we’ve got 14 games left and the reality is my new club finished one point above relegation on the last day last season.
“We tried to make ten or 11 changes as a group before I came and since I’ve come, and at the minute the rot hasn’t stopped.”
He added: “It is a very disappointing result for all of us at Millwall.
“It throws us right down where nobody wants to be.
“If anything, it might be your biggest learning curve.
“You fight and get some resolve as a group and you get out of there.
“We’ve been looking over our shoulder for long enough.
“Hopefully we can look up and catch some above us.”
Holloway’s side have only won once since he replaced Steve Lomas, and it is clear his change in philosophy is still getting across to the players.
But the former Palace boss is still buoyant about Millwall’s chances of survival.
He said: “The great thing is we have 14 games left, that’s not the least one. We’ve got to win games.
“Normally that is very simply by stopping them scoring and putting it in their net.
“You won’t catch me blaming anybody.
“At the end of the day there’s one person to blame - me. It’s my fault, all of it.
“I will stand up for my team, providing they give me what I want.
“I suggest you have to keep clean sheets.
“We worked hard with our back players to do that and today we didn’t do that.”
Millwall face games against the likes of Brighton, Derby and Leeds in the coming weeks but the manager isn’t worrying about the next set of fixtures.
Holloway explained: “I don’t care who we get wins against, to be honest.
“Who are you to tell me who is going to win on a regular basis in this division.
“We’ve got 14 games, it’s going to be tougher than had we had won.
“We’ve got to be ready for each and every scenario.
“Unfortunately we are the ones who hold the blame and we are the ones who hold the responsibility for Millwall and all the fans.”
He added: “It’s a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
“I came out of early retirement to come here and work my socks off to make them better and that’s what I’ll continue doing.
“I care for these fans and for the club and I’ll try all I can.”
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